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New Hope for China’s Last Free-Flowing River

The Nu River in Ocrtober 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Chinese sources report that the government of Yunnan Province has decided to stop all dam construction on China's last free-flowing river. If confirmed, this decision will protect a biodiversity hotspot of global importance.

Thai Court to Deliver Verdict in Xayaburi Dam Case

Monday, December 21, 2015
Xayaburi Dam affected villagers will attend Thailand’s Administrative Court on December, 25, 2015 to learn the verdict in their case brought against five state agencies involved in the controversial dam project on the Mekong River mainstream.

PR - Brazilian Indigenous Movement Receives Prominent UN Environmental Prize at COP 21 in Paris

Sunday, December 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2015 Equator Prize recognizes Munduruku people’s struggle to defend the Amazon from a new wave of controversial mega-dam projectsParis, December 7, 2015 – Indigenous leaders Maria Leusa Kaba Munduruku and Rozeninho Saw Munduruku will receive today the prestigious UNDP Equator Prize at an awards ceremony at COP 21, in recognition of the Munduruku people’s courageous efforts to protect their territories in the Brazilian Amazon from threats posed by planned hydroelectric dams, as well as illegal logging and mining. The United Nations Development Program’s Equator P

PR | Climate Initiatives Must Not Include Large Hydropower Projects – NGOs

Thursday, December 3, 2015
For Immediate ReleaseParis, France - In a global manifesto released today, a coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries called on governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to keep large hydropower projects out of climate initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism, the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and green bonds. Large hydropower projects emit massive amounts of methane, make water and energy systems more vulnerable to climate change, and cause severe damage to critical ecosystems and local communities. Including them in climate i

Press Release | Brazilian Indigenous Resistance Movement Wins Prominent UN Environmental Prize

Munduruku warriors and children arrive at São Luiz do Tapajós village
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2015 2015 Equator Prize recognizes Munduruku efforts to defend the Tapajós River from new wave of Amazon mega-dams New York, United States—Last Monday, the Munduruku indigenous people’s resistance movement Ipereg Ayu was awarded the 2015 United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Equator Prize. The announcement recognizes the Munduruku’s tireless and innovative struggle to preserve the Amazon’s Tapajós River and its vast forests from destruction. The Equator Prize aims to shine a spotlight on outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty,

Evaluating A Decade of Development Banking on Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Dam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Evaluating A Decade of Development Banking on Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Dam What: Public forum on development bank's support for Mekong dams, 10 years after Nam Theun 2 Where: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok) When: Friday 2nd October, 2015 at 10 AM Who: Wittoon Permpongsacharoen, Director of the Mekong Energy and Ecology Network and prominent Thai energy analystBruce Shoemaker, independent researcher focusing on the livelihood changes of people living downstream of Nam Theun 2

Press Release | No Need to Cut the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Friday, September 25, 2015
For immediate release: International Rivers welcomes today's US-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. We salute the increased focus on phasing out fossil fuels and strengthening climate resilience, and the inclusion of a South-South climate cooperation fund. Currently China's clean power plan and its export of energy technologies are overly reliant on unsustainable large hydropower projects. Peter Bosshard, Interim Executive Director of International Rivers, says, "Including large hydropower in the implementation of the US-Chinese statement would be misguided and counter-produc

Press Release | Breaking News: Brazil’s Environmental Agency Denies Operating License to Controversial Belo Monte Dam

Indigenous people occupy Belo Monte Dam project in 2012.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Indigenous people occupy Belo Monte Dam project in 2012. International Rivers Last night, the Brazilian press reported that the country’s Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) had temporarily denied Norte Energia’s request for an operating license for Belo Monte Dam, citing serious examples of non-compliance with legally required measures to mitigate and compensate project impacts. Without the license, Norte Energia can’t close floodgates and fill a reservoir that would flood large portions of the city of Altamira before it begins generating power. In respons

PR - Further Deliberation and Study Still Needed on Don Sahong Dam

Rapids in Siphandone, close to the site of the Don Sahong Dam
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
International Rivers' Ame Trandem, Southeast Asia Program Director, responds to the news that the Lao National Assembly has approved the Concession Agreement for the Don Sahong Dam.

PR – Broken Promises at Belo Monte

Belo Monte dossier published this week by ISA
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Indigenous activists occupying Belo Monte in 2012 International Rivers Document highlights consequences of disregard for required mitigation and compensation measures, as federal environmental agency evaluates whether to authorize operation of mega-dam projectAt the local office in Altamira of Norte Energia, the dam consortium responsible for Belo Monte, a calendar points out: "only 64 days until the Operating License." Already taken for granted, the final environmental permit for the dam project was formally requested from the federal environmental agency, IBAMA, on February 11, 2015. This


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